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AS Course Outline

Why choose Pearson Edexcel AS Level German?


We believe languages should appeal to all students. Our new Pearson Edexcel AS Level in German has been developed to inspire all students who have an appreciation of the language, literature, film and culture of the German-speaking world.

Assessment overview
The Pearson Edexcel Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in German consists of two externally-examined papers assessing listening, reading and writing and a teacher-examined speaking assessment. The speaking assessment is externally set and conducted by a teacher, but is marked externally. All assessments are marked by Pearson.

Content overview
The course consists of studying language, grammar and structures centred around the two themes described below. In addition, students will be required to study either a work or literature, or a film, to be chosen in discussion with the teacher.

Theme 1: Gesellschaftliche Entwicklung in Deutschland. (Social Issues and Trends.) Theme 1 is set in the context of Germany only.

Theme 2: Politische und künstlerische Kultur im deutschen Sprachraum. (Culture in German speaking society.) Theme 2 is set in the context of all German-speaking countries and communities.

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

GERMAN (EDX) AS Internal Assessment

Paper 1: Listening, reading and translation

Written examination: 1 hour and 50 minutes

40% of the qualification
64 mark

This paper draws on vocabulary and structures across all Themes. Themes are based on the society and culture of the language being studied. Students are not permitted access to a dictionary during the examination.

Section A: Listening (24 marks)
A listening assessment based on a recording, featuring male and female German speakers. Students will respond to comprehension questions based on a variety of contexts and Sources
Section B: Reading (28 marks)
A reading assessment based on a variety of text-types and genres where students will have to respond to comprehension questions
Section C: Translation into English (12 marks)
An unseen passage to be translated from German to English.

Paper 2: Written response to work, grammar and translation

Written examination:1 hour and 40 minutes

30% of the qualification
60 marks

This paper requires students to translate a previously unseen passage and complete a grammar exercise based on one of the two themes.This paper also draws on the study of one discrete German works: either one literary text or one film. The literary texts listed include a range of classic and contemporary novels and one play. All of the films are feature length.

This paper includes a translation exercise, a grammar exercise, and an extended response on either one of the literary texts or one film. Students are not permitted access to a dictionary or any documentation relating to the works during the examination.

Section A: Translation and grammar (20 marks)
Students translate an unseen passage from English into German, followed by a grammar exercise.
Either Section B: Written response to works (literary texts) (40 marks)
Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen literary text. If a student answers a question in this section then they do not complete section C.
Or Section C: Written response to works (films) (40 marks)
Students select one question from a choice of two for their chosen film. If a student answers a question in this section then they do not complete section B.
Students complete Section A and one question from either Section B or C.

Paper 3: Speaking

Internally conducted and externally assessed

Total assessment time: between 27 and 30 minutes, which includes a single period of 15 minutes formal preparation time

30% of the qualification
72 marks

Task 1 requires students to read and respond to two short texts based on the Theme Changes in German Society and then hold a discussion.
Task 2 is based on a discussion from the Theme Political and Artistic Culture in Germanic Countries.
Students will be assessed on their ability to communicate and interact effectively, summarise and understand written sources in speech, manipulate language accurately and show knowledge and understanding about the culture and society where the language is spoken.

Core textbook
Edexcel German for AS and A Level
Hodder Publications
ISBN-10: 1471858235


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